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Death at GEO's Central Texas Detention Facility

A federal inmate has died at GEO Group's Central Texas Detention Facility in San Antonio, according to a report last week from KENS 5 ("Heroin overdose suspected cause of inmates death,' May 21)

Guards found the 25-year-old dead in his cell early Wednesday morning. His family wants to know what went wrong. Federal authorities arrested Albert Martin Gomez Jr. On January 20. He was accused of making and passing fake $100 bills. He and a co-defendant were charged in a counterfeit-money ring.

Gomez was released, but was back at a federal holding facility in March, awaiting sentencing. Around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday guards found Gomez unresponsive. Sources say Gomez died from an apparent drug overdose, but nobody is talking.

Meanwhile, toxicology reports are pending. Bexar County records show Gomez was also arrested in 2005 on an assault charge.

The autopsy was completed, but details aren't being released. The Central Texas Detention Facility where Gomez was being held is operated by the GEO Group, Inc.  A spokesperson had no comment on the death, only to say it is under investigation.

While all deaths in custody deserve serious investigation, the obvious question in this case is how the drugs, assuming they were the cause of Mr. Gomez's death, were introduced into the facility.  We'll keep you posted on developments from this story.

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i was inmate at this facility and the faculty and the warden treat u like streigh dogs awaiting to be put to sleep. iI have two brothers  in there and they say the treatment is still the same. the warden wont let me see my brothers just because i was facilitated there for three days. this is what was going to happen sooner or later. The government of texas needs to stop using this privately owned facility. letters have been sent out to the governer of texas to react now before things escalade any worst IN and out of this facility.

i was an inmate here while pregnant and my child was born pre-mature and very ill due to the wrong medicines that the medical staff gave me, thank god she is a live but still small and has some lung/ heart complications now she is 4 months and yes they do treat you like animals

I was a co there for 2 years and the wort things and treatment go on in that facility. If you try to help the inmates that need help you are labeled "inmate friendly" and are deemed crooked or dirty, its a dirty unproffessional place that needs to be shut down. between dirty officers and the lack of everything iomportant that place is a death trap.

I was an inmate there an was treated worse than an animal...nurses almost killed me twice with wrong an overdose of druggs with no food n the system and they tried to serve me food that was clearly on my chart as i was allergic to and then said i was being an unruley inmate because i refused food that would of killed me!

Let me spell this correctly so you can take me seriously...I was an inmate at GEO and I was incarcerated for 2 drug overdose occurances. Two male guards were arressted for bringing drugs into the facility. I also knew that 2 of the female guards were having intimate relationships. I was  informed by a female inmate that a male visitation guard approached her for oral sex in trade for a red pen. She did not do it but he did have inappropriate contact with her for longer visitation with her family. There is so much I could go on about. These people who run Geo know that we have no voice while we are at their mercy. The living conditions are horrible. There is mold covering the showers and ventilation systems. When we complain they have the male inmates paint over it. Most of the guards are in gay relationships with each other and some of the inmates as well. This is very unprofessional and degrading. This is why people are dying there.

my brother just died in this piece of crap place i hope they are shut down and are all punished for how they treat there inmates my brother did not kill himself !!!!!!!!!!

My husband was incarcerated at the GEO Group Detention Center for three months for a half-way house violation last 2011 summer. He wrote me everyday how awful the conditions inside were. The first two weeks he was there, he didn't even exist in their systems! I was unable to visit until I had to resort to getting courtesy visits as his 'sister' (very weird) and even then it took another three weeks until my name was on his list as his wife. I was given a hard time even after to even get past to the elevator to see him. The visitors waiting area was absolutley awful with trash everywhere and the restrooms (can you even call them that?) had no stall doors, no toliet paper or any soap to wash your hands properly! (This wasn't just one time either. I was there every weekend and the conditions remained the same.) The only thing that per say "changed" was that they started giving hand sanitizer drops for your hands if you asked at the window where the guards lounged at. I also didn't understand why they weren't using both sides of their visiting booths. Almost every weekend it was crowded with visitors with only one side open, resulting in a usual 45 minute to an hour wait. (Why do they even have these numerous visiting booths if they only use half of them?!) I can't speak for the conditions inside, but if they didn't even care to properly give the visitors a decent waiting area, I can only imagine what it was like inside. It's the worst correctional facility I have ever stepped foot in and it needs some serious weeding out.

I was in their my self n all the things they do to u and try to hide it from the world and the nasty food they feed u slob and food they made threw the whole wk mixed up n how guard wanna have se wit girls n Noone does anything about it we get charged for what we do but who helps us in there when u say u feel sick n need medical attention they don't care why don't we have a voice in there we are still humans and deserve respect....

I was in their my self n all the things they do to u and try to hide it from the world and the nasty food they feed u slob and food they made threw the whole wk mixed up n how guard wanna have se wit girls n Noone does anything about it we get charged for what we do but who helps us in there when u say u feel sick n need medical attention they don't care why don't we have a voice in there we are still humans and deserve respect....

I was in their my self n all the things they do to u and try to hide it from the world and the nasty food they feed u slob and food they made threw the whole wk mixed up n how guard wanna have se wit girls n Noone does anything about it we get charged for what we do but who helps us in there when u say u feel sick n need medical attention they don't care why don't we have a voice in there we are still humans and deserve respect....

can someone tell me about this place i have someone close to me staying in there.

abuse is happening right now at geo central Texas detention center. They gas and beat the inmate and said they moved him to medical. And I know he is not there. I need someone to send somebody with power to make they didn't kill inmate. He was on 7th floor and in seg.

 

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